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Backyard Bank Biaggi
Quasti Spanish Lavender
Red Hot Poker
Chinese Wisteria
Lavender Cotton
Carolina Jessamine
Munstead Lavender
Quasti Spanish Lavender

Common name:Quasti Spanish Lavender
Botanical name:Lavandula stoechas 'Quasti'

This lavender grows to 2' tall. The flower spikes are topped with purple bracts. It is drought tolerant - Cornflower Farms

Red Hot Poker

Common name:Red Hot Poker
Botanical name:Kniphofia uvaria

This small shrub will reach about 3' tall and has large green leaves with orange flowers that bloom in summer and fall.

Chinese Wisteria

Common name:Chinese Wisteria
Botanical name:Wisteria sinensis

While the sinensis is similar to the floribunda, it bears more rounded, full clusters of strongly fragrant flowers which open more or less all at once. There are usually 13-15 leaflets per leaf, and they require full sun and average to little watering. It comes in many colors in the blues, whites and purples.-Monterey Bay Nursery

Lavender Cotton

Common name:Lavender Cotton
Botanical name:Santolina chamaecyparissus

This groundcover/small shrub will grow to 3' tall and has small, grayish/silver leaves with yellow flowers that bloom in the summer.

Carolina Jessamine

Common name:Carolina Jessamine
Botanical name:Gelsemium sempervirens

As a vigorous evergreen, this vine has fine, rich, glossy foliage complete with trumpet-shaped, yellow flowers that are borne from late winter to spring. Carolina Jessamine will bloom best in full sun.

Munstead Lavender

Common name:Munstead Lavender
Botanical name:Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'

While this hybrid is half the size of the standard angustifolia, it flowers early and has a more intense flower color than most of the species. Its foliage and flowers are good for sachets. This is a perfect choice for smaller scale situations. It is drought tolerant and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. -Cornflower Farms

Designer: Suzanne Biaggi

Backyard Bank Biaggi

Photographer: Suzanne Biaggi

Soils and Compost:

Maintain a two to four inch layer of mulch on the soil surface to reduce weeds, infiltrate rain water, and reduce compaction.

Integrated Pest Management:

Remove irrigation water and fertilizer from areas where you don't want weeds to grow.